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Democracy Now! Friday, August 18, 2004


Published August 18, 2006


Headlines
NSA Wiretapping Ruled Unconstitutional
UN Launches $60M Appeal For Lebanon Oil Spill
UN Force Draws Pledges of 3,500 Troops
Poll: 52% of Americans Favor Neutral US Stance on Lebanon War
Probe: Marines Concealed Haditha Evidence
10 Afghan Police Officers Die in Accidental Coalition Bombing
More Headlines…

"There Are No Hereditary Kings in America" - Judge Rules NSA Warrantless Spy Program Unconstitutional
A federal judge in Detroit has ruled that the Bush administration’s warrantless surveillance program is unconstitutional and must be halted. In her 43-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Anna Diggs Taylor wrote “There are no hereditary kings in America and no powers not created by the Constitution.” We speak with constitutional law attorney Glenn Greenwald.

Can Journalists Be Prosecuted for Receiving Classified Information?
A federal judge ruled last week that private citizens could be prosecuted if the government decides they have received or disclosed information harmful to national security. We take a look at the significance of the ruling and its implication for investigative journalists.

"More Propaganda Than Plot" - Former British Ambassador on Alleged UK Terror Plot
Questions have been raised over whether British authorities were pressured by the United States to make the arrests last week in the alleged terror plot to blow up transatlantic airliners. We speak with former British ambassador Craig Murray who says, “The one thing of which I am certain is that the timing is deeply political. This is more propaganda than plot.”

Arrest Warrants Issued for Over 50 Grassroots Leaders in Oaxaca, Mexico
We go to Oaxaca in southern Mexico where over 50 arrest warrants have been issued for grassroots leaders who have mobilized to demand that the state governor be removed. In June, Oaxaca’s governor, Ulises Ruiz, ordered a police crackdown on more than 70,000 teachers on strike, who had staged an encampment in the city center.


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